Body dysmorphic disorder and the celebrities who suffer from it
Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover model Megan Fox talks body dysmorphia: "There is never a point in my life where I loved my body"
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Megan Fox is one of this year's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover model stars, and yet she also struggles with body issues. "I have body dysmorphia. I don't ever see myself really the way other people see me," the star told the outlet. "There is never a point in my life where I loved my body. Never, ever."
While the idea of being on the cover is exciting, she hopes what people notice about her first isn't her body. "I wished everyone noticed my aura, because I have a rainbow aura, and it's special." She added, "The journey of loving myself is going to be never-ending, I think."
Fox previously revealed in a joint interview with boyfriend Machine Gun Kelly for British GQ Style: "We may look at somebody and think, 'That person's so beautiful. Their life must be so easy.' They most likely don't feel that way about themselves." Though Fox didn't go into further detail about her body dysmorphia, People notes that she has spoken in the past about other mental health issues, particularly after the release of 'Jennifer's Body' (2009) as she found herself being consistently sexualized in films and media and by the people she worked with.
Most of us have concerns about our physical appearance. Whether it's a muffin top or a crooked nose, it's totally normal to notice our "imperfections." People who suffer from body dysmorphia are so fixated on their flaws that they can no longer see themselves as a whole. When they look in the mirror, it's the only thing they see, and the only thing they think other people see.
This disorder can be debilitating and lead to anxiety and depression. Mental illness is being destigmatized in the 21st century, but issues around appearance and body image are more prevalent than ever. Click through this gallery to learn more about body dysmorphic disorder and hear from those who live with it.
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